Canadian Women’s Basketball Team Nominated for Rio 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016
Women's Basketball Team

On Friday, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canada Basketball named the twelve athletes nominated to represent Team Canada in women’s basketball at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from August 5 to 21.

The team includes seven athletes who competed at the London 2012 Games: Natalie Achonwa, Miranda Ayim, Kim Gaucher, Lizanne Murphy, Michelle Plouffe, Shona Thorburn and Tamara Tatham. First-time Olympic team members Nirra Fields, Miah-Marie Langlois, Kia Nurse, Katherine Plouffe and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe round out the 12-woman roster. 

The Canadian women won back-to-back gold medals in 2015, first at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, and then at the FIBA Americas Women’s Championship in Edmonton, which qualified the team for Rio.

In preparation for the Games, the team completed a 4-1 run in a European exhibition series and went 3-0 in a friendly tournament against China. Next week, the team heads south for the USA Basketball Showcase, where they will take on Australia, France and the United States.

The women’s Olympic basketball tournament runs August 6-21 with the preliminary competition taking place at the Youth Arena in the Deodoro Olympic Park and the quarter final and medal games taking place at the Carioca Arena in the Barra Olympic Park.  

At Rio 2016, Canada expects to field a team of approximately 314 athletes.

Canada Basketball is the National Sporting Organization for the sport of basketball in Canada. Canada Basketball is respected throughout the world and is recognized by the International Amateur Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Government of Canada as the sole governing body of the sport of amateur basketball in Canada. 2016 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of basketball, which was invented by a Canadian - Dr. James Naismith.

The women’s basketball team which will represent Canada at Rio 2016 includes:

Athletes:
Natalie Achonwa, Guelph, ON
Miranda Ayim, London, ON

Nirra Fields, Lachine, QC
Kim Gaucher, Mission, BC
Miah-Marie Langlois, Windsor, ON
Lizanne Murphy, Beaconsfield, QC
Kia Nurse, Hamilton, ON
Katherine Plouffe, Edmonton, AB
Michelle Plouffe, Edmonton, AB
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, Penticton, BC
Tamara Tatham, Brampton, ON
Shona Thorburn, Hamilton, ON

Coaches and Staff:
Assistant Coach - Steve    Baur, Wolfville, NS
Basketball Scientist - Chris DalCin, Toronto, ON
Team Leader - Denise Dignard, Toronto, ON
Athletic Therapist - Danielle Dobney, Toronto, ON

Assistant Coach - Shawnee Harle, Calgary, AB
Sport Psychologist - Peter Jensen, Toronto, ON
Lead Physician - Sarah Kim, Toronto, ON
Performance Analyst - Dipesh Mistry, Markham, ON
Head Physiotherapist - Joan Mlynarczyk, Toronto, ON

Assistant Coach - Bev Smith, Eugene, OR
Head Coach - Lisa Thomaidis, Saskatoon, SK
Team Manager - Anne Marie Thuss, Hamilton, ON
Media Attaché - Bailey Williams, Beaver Bank, NS

Story and Photo from the Canadian Olympic Committee | Olympic.ca

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